Sunday, March 10, 2013

Learning to Accept--And Enhance!

Port Townsend, Fort Worden Beach, 3/3/13
This year's birthday seemed more traumatic (depressing) than usual. Perhaps I spent too many years working in nursing homes and seeing sad old people. As David C reminded me tonight after his restorative weekend with the Buddhists: "you know, time is only an artificial construct. Time is in our minds, as is the Universe in which we live."  Nice to have a phone buddy with whom to reality check from time to time.

Ruth Marcus, finished 3/0/13

Actually, I'm lucky to have a few great resource people-- dinner at Alderwood Bistro with Suzanne, one of my art buddies. She's 6 months ahead of me in this challenging game of aging creatively and with joy, rather than despair. She's planning to work at Costco until she's 70, as I should with my "regular" job. We both have our Art Passion to sustain us, no others for whom to be responsible at home, and at least 3 days a week for our own selves. We ARE Lucky!

How ever do people without a passion get through their days???

David and Doug studying at the Art Park

Not only was I lucky enough to have David, Doug, Brian, and Alley the dog, then Tom and Barbara to share my birthday day last Friday, but I Also took myself to Port Townsend on my traditional birthday self-indulgent trip  Sunday...we can never be Too Good to our own Selves!

I saw an Amazing dance movie and in-person lecture at the Rose by Crystal Pite, their amazing popcorn with lots of real butter--alone worth the 50-mile drive.  Bought a book at William James--I seldom can resist at least one: David Hockney's work for the theater, and the theatrical nature of painting in general. 

First picnic of the year, my boys and their dog, Fita's

Good talk with Kathy D at the bead store
in Port Townsend, and bought myself the
last of some cool batik they had in dark blues. It will frame the bright squares on the back side of the quilt, my first Full-sized Quilt...AND I'm making it for my SELF! not to sell, not for a friend's baby, but for ME!

Bright laundry, maybe a subject for a painting

For most of my 66 years, I've used sewing as a way to make money, escape/stay occupied when I didn't know anyone (Suzanne and I both come from families who moved frequently). I learned in OT school that sewing and other piercing activities are good for getting rid of aggression...and maybe depression as well. 

I love the idea that I am finally doing a long-term sewing project for My Self! A quilt to keep me warm, to dream under, to mark significant milestones in my life.

The beginning of my quilt top as a Mexican tablecloth

As some of you may recall, we had a Mexican theme for Thanksgiving 2012. The tablecloth between Brian and Amal has become the core of the top of my new quilt: colorful flowers and fruit, hot chili peppers, just the thing to brighten gray NW days and nights.

Birthday pies + Pizza!
The reverse side will be large squares, celebrating different times and places, even purchases of wonderful fabrics, 
at the quilt store in Woodstock, NY, International Quilt Market, and most recently in Ashland with Hugh and Connie.
The fabric from this year's birthday trip
to Port Townsend will tie all the back squares together, along with slivers of bright yellows, to match the red/yellow/blue throughout my home.

Thanks to Kim, Barbara, Barb, Anita, David C, Suzanne, All my brothers and Brian, and the rest of the people to whom I can moan and cry about aging, and who help me get over myself and count my 

Countless Blessings!



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